It's been a storm in a tea cup, but in the early days of a new console's lifespan framerates and resolutions are serious business. The official Sony website had claimed that Watch Dogs would run at 60 frames per second in full 1080p HD, a claim which Ubisoft quickly redacted. Now it has confirmed the actual numbers.
Watch Dogs will run at 900p on the PS4 and 792p on the Xbox One. Both games will run at 30 frames per second.
"Resolution is a number, just like framerate is a number," explained Creative Director Jonathan Morin. "All those numbers are valid aspects of making games. But you make choices about the experience you want to deliver. In our case, dynamism is everything. Exploration and expression are everything. You want to have a steady framerate, but you want to have dynamism at the core of the experience. The same goes with resolution."
By dynamism, we're assuming Jonathan Morin is making reference to the fact that Watch Dogs is set in an open world with a focus on emergent experiences, all of which takes a heavier toll on processing power compared to, say, a shooter like Call of Duty. In hindsight, I suppose it was a little unrealistic to expect a game like Watch Dogs to run at full capacity like that.
But still, this is the next generation of consoles. Maybe the 60 frames per second, full res AAA dream is just that. A dream.
Unless you're on PC.